We are thrilled to announce that the winner of Jackson’s Portray Prize 2022 is London based artist Lorena Levi. Her oil on MDF get the job done, ‘January Assessment’ was selected out of 8949 entries and she has received the £6000 hard cash prize. We search ahead to sharing much more of Lorena’s do the job, inspirations and resourceful processes.
Lorena’s Artist Statement
This is a existing task Lorena has been functioning on where by she has been discovering psychoanalysis academic papers on line and portray scenes from what she reads about. This painting is dependent off a kid ‘Eric’ who has absent to psychoanalysis for a few decades and each yr, has four assessments with his moms and dads and the therapist. Lorena wished to attempt and depict the tension concerning family members by placing them in the therapy space – a position that is becoming extra and much more familiar by persons no more time stigmatising or hiding procedure for psychological overall health. This series grew soon after her painting ‘couples remedy, if’ which was an imagined depiction of her mother and father in a partners treatment scene. Lorena has drawn inspiration from portrait artists this kind of as Alice Neel, Chantal Joffe and early Lucian Freud who all capture internal psychology of the topics they decide on to paint, precisely in the eyes.
Lorena Levi is a narrative portraiture painter. Her follow is investigation based mostly the place she works by using the internet, speaking to strangers on chatroom web pages and listening to podcasts with authentic people today to achieve tales for paintings. Lorena has been collaging discovered images with her own to create compositions which display screen an imagined narrative, telling a tale in a snapshot.
Living with Cystic Fibrosis, Lorena has also explored her connection in between head and entire body. The grapple in between a seemingly nutritious body on the outdoors and the psychology relating to the fact of an ‘unwell’ system is a big theme in some of Lorena’s work.
Graduating from Edinburgh College with an MA in Fine art 2021, Lorena now functions in V.O curations, is section of the Alveston High-quality art assortment and displays at areas these as Shopping mall Galleries, Fitzrovia Gallery and will be exhibiting at the RSA New Contemporaries 2023. She has been granted two impending solo demonstrates in London and Glasgow later on in 2022 and was specified the Astaire Prize at the stop of her program in Edinburgh.